Montpellier Jany. 31. 1836.
I have received Sir your letter of Jany 23d. containing a plan for the proposed Washington Monument. When my appointment as President of the Society was made known to me, I intimated that my acceptance of it was merely as an evidence of the interest I felt in the object, and that in my present condition the appointment could be but honorary. This being every day more and more the case I shall transmit your letter to Judge Cranch the first Vice President, to whom you can address any addition you may make to it. You will excuse me for not attempting in my present condition to comply with your request of my ideas in the case. With friendly respects.